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© Jean-Claude Carbonne





A collaboration of Ballet Preljocaj and Granular Synthesis



“N” is the title which has been given to the work prepared with Ulf Langheinrich and Kurt Hentschläger.  It is a “masked title” which purposefully does not express what is evoked in the work, which deals with the unspeakable, what is beyond description.  Suffering, torment, humiliation, torture… the body as the primary vector for annihilation and destruction.

If what we are trying to say seems virtual and distant to a part of the world population, it is in fact quite close and cogently, sharply real.

It has spread throughout time from the very dawn of our existence to the present day, without interruption, reaching incandescent peaks of trouble.  Its force is matched solely by our disbelief.


Angelin Preljocaj



Concepts about the “humanimal” condition were defined during the early meetings of the collaboration.  Most of the thoughts and concerns back then have in the meanwhile become amplified further.  “N”, the finished artifact, has, during the process of creation, moved towards a state of pointed ambiguity, describing a state of being and an atmosphere, predominantly the problem of the absence of empathy, rather than creating a singular narrative.


Kurt Hentschläger



«  Syn-aesthetic is not sync-aesthetic  »

Sound is designed as a sonic image, an unsettling current, an almost independent primal matter organised in various and at times countless single layers.  Consistencies are recognizable. Melodies seem as if not yet invented.  I envision a force, one slow motion wave and everything and all is drifting and drowning in it.


Ulf Langheinrich



Création 2004 for 12 dancers



73 minutes


Concept and dramatization

Angelin Preljocaj, Kurt Hentschläger, Ulf Langheinrich



Angelin Preljocaj


Music & sounddesign  

Ulf Langheinrich


Image, light & stage design

Kurt Hentschläger



Angelin Preljocaj with Martine Hayer


Motion capture  




Dany Lévêque



Théâtre National de Chaillot-Paris, Festival Montpellier Danse 2004, Festival Perspectives-Saarbrück/Moselle, Théâtre de l’Olivier-Istres, Groupe Partouche-Casino Municipal d'Aix/Thermal


Working Residence at

Scène Nationale de Cavaillon